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Thread: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

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    YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    This Is Test a.k.a "Project Something Or Another"

    Bought off Ebay back in November of 2005


    More or less how she looks now:


    Plans For The Future:
    Nothing is set in stone with this 4Runner, over the years I have gone from Trail/DD, to Expedition Only, to Trail Only, to Trail/Tow/DD rig.

    As for now, the plan is to just make it a capable reliable truck for any duty I see fit for it to preform.

    Engine:
    • Stock
    • Toyota Red Coolant
    • Toyota Oil Filter (larger size off Tundra)
    • Toyota Drive Belts
    • Toyota OEM Spark Plugs & Wires
    • Toyota Air Filter
    • Deckplate Mod
    • ISR Mod
    • Stock Aftermarket Exhaust


    Transmission:
    • Rebuilt Stock


    Axles:
    • Trussed Rear Toyota E-locker
    • 4.88 Gears front and rear


    Suspension:
    • Modified Sonoran Steel System 1.51
    • All-Pro Upper Control Arms
    • Custom Rear Lower Control Arms
    • Custom Rear Upper Control Arms
    • All-Pro Extended Adjustable Coil-overs


    Armor:
    • Budbuilt Front Skid Plate


    Exterior Enhancements:
    • Satoshi Mod
    • Sport Edition Hood Scoop
    • Sunroof Wind Deflector
    • Bumpers and Bottom Half of Rig Painted Black
    • Limited Edition Flares
    • Limited 5 Spoke Rims with DD Tires
    • FJZ80 Land Cruiser Rims with Off-Road Tires


    Interior Enhancements:
    • Head Unit with iPod & Satellite Interface
    • 99+ 4Runner Center Dash Upgrade w/Two Extra 12V Outlets*
    • 99+ 4Runner Center Console Upgrade*
    • 99+ 4Runner Rear Cargo Accessory Outlet Upgrade
    • 1st Gen Roll Bar


    In Storage:
    • 2- CVs
    • Extra Oil
    • Extra Coolant
    • Extra Transmission Fluid
    • Extra Brake Fluid
    • Complete Tool Kit
    • WD-40
    • Towing Straps
    • Camping Equipment:
      - Small Tent
      - Lantern
      - Fire Starters
      - Emergency Blanket
      - First-Aid Kit
      - Second Set Of Cloths


    There are many things I plan to do still while the direction of the trucks purpose is always changing it will still remain my main Rig
    Last edited by YotaFun; 06-06-2015 at 05:08 PM.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Well I thought I would update this with the life of Tess:
    This is how I got her November or 05:


    First Time Wheeling (I was a fool and new to the world of off-road driving, and I actually lost the stock skid in that muck lol!!!):


    Second Time, Running boards off, and my last days of saying I love mud:


    Thrid Time Wheeling (Rear seals went and both front rotors wasted, so she sat there for a month till we had the money to get teh work done):


    Hitting 100K:



    My First actual Wheeling trip on real trails (anything before that I told myself was mudding, not off-roading , oh and my a/c compressor bearing went):


    Second Time Actually Wheeing:


    Third Time Wheeling at Rausch Creek (first times where at Paragon R.I.P. PAP):


    Then The Accident:


    Went on a 4Th wheeling Trip but she stayed in the lot, she wont be on the trails from now till she is Locked, Lifted, and has sliders :-D:


    Now just some poser pics:






    Some Poser pics of stepdads and mine (Which I hope one day I get as a DD):




    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Well Its Been A While Sine I Updated This Thread.
    Lift has been Added:







    And a BudBuilt Skid was Added:


    Then It Was All Tested Out:


    Big Thanks Again To J and Katy For Helping Me Install The Lift, And A Great Thanks To My Friend JT For Getting The BudBuilt On For Me
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    I also promised myself that the day she is lifted she gets her first stickers.
    So I finally put some on.





    Since I will be getting mostly everything I need from Northridge, and them sponsoring Pismo 08 I put some NTP swag on:




    No you may have noticed that she is de-badged. What I am doing is changing the badges around to look more like the 99+ style rears.
    This involves moving the Top 4Runner Badge to the Left, The SR5 badge to the Top Right and adding the 4WD Badge with it which was not available on the 96-98, and keeping the Toyota Letter Badge on the Lower Right, and the Toyota Symbol Badge stays Right where it is.
    Also I will be doing the black pearl emblems but thinking of changing it up a bit a putting a little red in there to match the Suspension, brakes and Satoshi Mod.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Well I need to update this thread a little bit.
    Since my last post I have done the following:
    E-Locked and switched to 4.30 Gears
    Sliders
    1.5" Body Lift

    First Diff Change and E-Locker
    Thanks to Wab for getting me the diffs!

    So heavy that they about made the suspension sit level again...





    Cheesy shot of me really happy:

    Install:








    By By Old Diffs!




    Sliders:










    Pictures of the body lift later.

    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Also picked up these:



    They have my center caps on them while I took the caps that came with them on my current rims.
    they are off of a 97' T-100 but are the limited.
    Plans for them is to clean them up and then paint them and run a 33 BFG AT for DD and with my current rims I will paint them white, yes WHITE and run the 33 MT retreads for the trails.
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    No process pics since my camera was being a pain and it was late and my fingers were covered with paint so....

    But here are some pics of the new shoes...









    No Mastacox FJ rims but they def do the job!
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    So now that the locker is working, its time to address the very stiff suspension I have up front:

    All-Pro UCA's

    One need to be rebuilt, but other then that going to clean them, paint them, get new washers and put them on.

    All-Pro Extended Coilovers:



    Going to clean them up and paint the coils again and install them.
    These are 500lb coils, I figure they will give a little more,
    I do have a set of 600-lb coils to put on, but I will wait till I get a front bumper and winch to do so.


    Also going to be doing an on-board air set up:
    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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    Re: YotaFun's Tess (97' SR5 4Runner)

    Well I finally got the UCAs and Coil-overs installed:
    By By Old!



    Hello Sorta New!

    Avdian (Avy, Avi, Av, Eddie are some nicknames)
    Tess - 97' 4Runner "Project Something Or Another"
    Natascha - 99' GTI 2.0 N/A Auto - SOLD!!
    Swordfish - 05' Camry 2.4 Auto

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